Archive for February 8, 2014

Artist of the moment……Ken Kalman

Ken Kalman is a wonderful sculptor who uses animals,insects, and maps as his subject matter. Ken Kalman was born in Detroit, Michigan in the year 1955. For his artistic education Kalman attended Boston University , the University of New Mexico located in Albuquerque, New Mexico earning a bachelors degree in painting. The artist also earned a MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute.

Kalman creates his artwork  out of cast aluminum and found materials.

The artist works in varied sizes from table sized works to public sized commissioned works made out of cast aluminum.

In this clip we view a show featuring the sculptures of Ken Kalman:

Kalman was also a teacher at many colleges and universities in California including the San Francisco Art Institute and Modesto Junior College.

Kalman is part of many prestigious collections including the United States Department of State located in Washington D.C. and the NBAs Milwaukee Bucks.

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Its great to see insects portrayed in sculpture. Kalman has a great sense of design. Some of his sculpture animals works remind of the graphic artist Charley Harper.


Artist of the moment……Rod Penner

Rod Penner was born in Vancouver, British Columbia in the year 1965. Penner paints in photo realistic manner depicting small America. The artist has awesome composition skills, many works are very small measuring 6 inches by 6 inches. I am still amazed at how much detail Penner can put into such a small work. Some works this size even have legible graffiti! Truly amazing.

For his artistic education Penner began school in Canada at Kwantlen College. The artist finished his B.F.A.  degree at O.R.U. University.

Penner paints with acrylics.

Penner is now based out of Marble, Texas. A small town with a population around 5,000.

In this clip we visit a show featuring the wonderful urbanscapes of Rod Penner that took place in 2013:

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If you enjoy these great landscapes be sure and check out my post on Matthew Cornell. Cornell paints a variety of subjects well including water, but his very small urbanscapes are my favorite. Many times Cornell paints these very small works with fading light either at dusk or dawn giving the works a remarkable sense of atmosphere.